Sunday, 19th February 2017

Walk: Gargrave, Skipton, Sharp Haw, Rough Haw, Flasby
Start Point: Gargrave Grid Reference: SD 932 543
Distance: 13.5 miles Ascent: 1,500 feet
Time: 6 hours
Weather: Brief spots of rain

We followed the Leeds & Liverpool canal from Gargrave to Skipton which was a very pleasant walk passing through newly developed old mill properties and some very impressive longboats.

From Skipton we joined the Dales Highway crossing some very muddy fields before we started to make our ascent up to Sharp Haw. We stopped here for lunch looking out across to Embsay Moor and Rylstone Fell.

We then set off to climb Rough Haw before dropping down to Flasby. Unfortunately, we had more muddy fields to cross!

A good winter walk enjoyed by 9 on the day.

Time to go

Looks like a bird convention . . .

but the seagulls decide to leave . . .

and it is time for one of the Canadageese to give a talk

Aswan comes by . . .

to introduce himself - Number 464 . . .

and a cygnet flexes his wings

The kayakers are en route to Barnoldswick - 10 miles or so

We leave the canal . . .

to walk through Skipton . . .

where we spot a gold post box . . .

dedicated to their local Olympian

The group gathers on Sharp Haw . . .

then find a sheltered spot for lunch

Looking back to Sharp Haw from Rough Haw (Flasby Fell)

John checks out the view from th lower cairn . . .

before rejoining the group for a photo

A multitude of snowdrops

Rough Haw on the left and Sharp Haw on the right from the grounds of Flasby Hall

Chance for a boot wash - Sheila tickles the soles while Les gives his a good scrub!

What a treat - thanks Les

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